Finally I can say our mares are both pregnant from AI; first year breeding for me and my brother and maiden mares.
Yesturday we had them ultrasounded and no twins to speak of and you ca see the embryos heat beating (pretty cool). Vet says mares are doing good; Jade is 1.5 months pregnant and Cookie is 1 month. It's been a great experience so far; I have learned so much from when we decided to breed our mares.
Everyone on here has been a great help with answering my questions and I have a lot more for the pros on here to answer. Thanks everyone. I'll keep you posted if anyones interested. Oh, I'm from N.B., Canada.
Here's a question: When does a mare usually start to show signs of being pregnant(i know every mare is different) but generally? Is it change in attiude or belly growth or bag changes in any way?
Also I want to keep my mares in ultimate shape; I wanted to start them on a supplement Mare Plus and when and what should we increase the feeding ratio? Any comments on the Mare Plus? Were feeding them hay, crushed oats and 12% or 14% sweet feed.
Thanks again. And stormy I hope your mare foals soon.
Sore advice from me (another beginner in the breeding world). Careful with the sweetfeed. My mare is in process of founder. I really wasn't giving that much (about 2lbs/day) plus a complete feed pellet (about 4 lbs/day) & that was in the last few months of pregnancy. Til then feed them to keep in just right condition - not too fat & even in the last few months don't go too nuts. Oh, & I also feed alfalfa/grass blend hay. The mare plus seems to be a good thing though. My mare is shiny as can be, & last foal had plenty of milk, high IGg count. All was good. This year has been a little tougher. Compared to all my other horses, this amount did not seem too much, but she's a very easy keeper, & did not need that much...to my sad suprise.
That would depend on the availablity of feeds in your area. I would check between your vet & your local feed store. I use a pelleted complete feed to supplement hay, & as a vehicle to hide daily vitamins in. Heck, a lot of horses can be fine on good quality hay alone, but it must be very good - I do use mare plus vitamins to ensure she's getting the prenatal she needs so as not to rob her own bones/organs for fetal growth. I have read that you feed pretty much as you would a non-pg horse til you get to month 7 when growth of the fetus gets very rapid. Then they suggest stepping up the feed.
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